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Patrul Rinpoche

Latest major translation

Added 24 July 2021

The Method for Observing the Eight-Branch One-Day Vows

| Sojong

by Patrul Rinpoche

In this brief text, Patrul Rinpoche elaborates upon the standard text used when adopting the eight-branched one-day vow (bsnyen gnas) of lay householders, or Sojong (gso sbyong) practice, and describes the associated benefits.

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Latest from the Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö Sungbum Project

June 2021

Sengchen Namdrag

Guide to Sengchen Namdrak | Pilgrimage

by Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö

A brief overview of the sacred site of Sengchen Namdrak (seng chen gnam brag), one of the twenty-five major sites of Kham, describing its significance as a location of terma revelation and consequent benefits as a place of pilgrimage. Read text >


Drop of Wisdom Nectar: A Guru Yoga | Guru Yoga

by Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö

A simple guru yoga focusing on Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö inseparable from Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo, composed at the behest of Khenpo Tsultrim Nyima of Katok Monastery. Read text >

Gaton Ngawang Legpa

Cloud Banks of Blessings: Praise and Prayer to the Vajradhara Ngawang Lekpa | Praise

by Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö

Verses in praise of the great Sakya teacher Ngawang Lekpa (1867–1941) composed at the request of two of his devoted disciples, Yeshe Nyima and Ngawang Rinchen. Read text >

JKCL Khandro

Prayer for the Long Life of Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö and Khandro Tsering Chödrön | Long Life Prayers

by Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö

Jamyang Khyentse composed this brief prayer for his own and Khandro Tsering Chödrön's (1929–2011) longevity at the request of Muksang Rinpoche Pema Kunzang Rangdrol (1916–1984). Read text >


Direct Instruction | Dzogchen

by Jamyang Khyentse Chökyi Lodrö

This practical instruction in just a few lines covers the path of Dzogchen, or the Great Perfection, by highlighting only its most crucial elements. Read text >

Other recent additions

July 2021


Moonlight of Pacifying Amṛta: A Daily Visualization and Recitation for the Dispeller of All Samaya Corruptions and Pollutions | Ucchuṣma

by Jamyang Khyentse Wangpo

A practice of Damdrip Nyepa Kunsel (dam grib nyes pa kun sel)—which derives from the revelations of Trengpo Sherab Özer (1518–1584)—based on the deity Ucchuṣma (sme brtsegs), with added preliminary and concluding sections and further instructions on purifying samaya defilements. Read text >


The Ultimate, Natural Dispeller of Obstacles | Averting Obstacles

by Tertön Sogyal

This liturgy for the expulsion of obstacles (bzlog pa) takes the ultimate perspective, according to which all forms of negativity are dispelled within the basic space of the dharmadhātu. Read text >

Latest from the Longchen Nyingtik Project

July 2021

Jigme Lingpa

The Single Oceanic Wisdom: An Aspiration to Recognise the Bardos | Dying & the Bardos

by Rigdzin Jigme Lingpa

An aspiration prayer to recognize the various phases of the four intermediate states, or bardos—the natural bardo of this life, the bardo of dying, the bardo of dharmatā, and the bardo of becoming—and apply the techniques and practices that will bring about realization. Read text >

Rigdzin Dupa

The Root Empowerment of the Vase Conferring Majesty: The Inner Enabling Empowerment of the Heart-Essence of the Vast Expanse | Empowerment

by Rigdzin Jigme Lingpa

This root empowerment text, revealed as a mind treasure by Jigme Lingpa for the Vidyādhara Assembly (Rigdzin Düpa), contains the inner enabling empowerments (nang nus pa 'jug pa'i dbang). Read text >


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The Pointing-the-Staff Instruction | Advice

by Nyangral Nyima Özer

One of the better known instructions from the collection known as Responses to Questions, Advice from the Guru's Direct Instructions (bla ma dmar khrid kyi zhal gdams zhus lan skor), which is included in the Precious Treasury of Revelations (rin chen gter mdzod). The text contains simple advice from Guru Padmasambhava for his elderly disciple, Ngok Sherab Gyalpo. Read text >

Orgyen Tsomo

Advice for Urgyen Tsomo | Advice

by the Fifteenth Karmapa, Khakhyab Dorje

Six lines of essential advice from the Fifteenth Karmapa Khakhyab Dorje to his spiritual consort, the celebrated ḍākinī Urgyen Tsomo (o rgyan gtso mo, 1897–1961). Read text >

* Lotsāwa ལོ་ཙཱ་བ་; lo tsā ba n. Title used for native Tibetan translators who worked together with Indian scholars (or paṇḍitas) to translate major buddhist texts into Tibetan from Sanskrit and other Asian languages; it is said to derive from lokacakṣu, literally "eyes of the world". See also paṇḍita.